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Salty Dog Cocktail Recipe

Happy Hour: Salty Dog

Grapefruit lovers: if you haven't discovered it yet, get to know a cocktail called the Salty Dog.

No, it's not a strange concoction with hot dogs, but the cousin to the classic Greyhound. Both the Greyhound and Salty Dog combine fresh-squeezed grapefruit juice with vodka. The Salty Dog, however, is served in a salt-rimmed glass similar to a margarita.

For more on this drink – which is perfect for National Grapefruit Month! — read ahead.

With grapefruit in season, I rolled up my sleeves and pulled out my old-fashioned glass juicer. Although manual juicing is time consuming, the refreshingly rewarding, tangy drink is worth it. Have you ever had a Salty Dog?

Salty Dog

Salty Dog

Salty Dog


3 ounces vodka or gin
6 ounces grapefruit juice, fresh squeezed preferable
Salt to rim the glass
lemon wedges


  1. Rub the lemon along the rim of the glass, then salt rim.
  2. Combine vodka and grapefruit in a shaker with ice. Shake until cold. Pour grapefruit and vodka mixture in the glass. Can be served on the rocks or up. Enjoy.

Serves 2.

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lauren lauren 4 years
I will be making more of these this weekend can't wait!
Susannah-Chen Susannah-Chen 4 years
Sounds like the perfect combo of #NationalGrapefruitMonth and #NationalMargaritaDay!
limelindsey limelindsey 4 years
YES! So delicious!
Tabloid Tabloid 7 years
Sounds delicious! I'd try it.
Miss-Kylie Miss-Kylie 7 years
I've been drinking these off and on for years. Lately, it's been my cocktail of choice
chiefdishwasher chiefdishwasher 7 years
Who says retro to the 70's is bad. Used to smuggle these into ball games with out the salt.
roxyb roxyb 7 years
A friend introduced me to these a few years ago and I love them! Great brunch drink!!
Seka21 Seka21 7 years
Simple but yummy... im going to try this!
jennjennnbubba jennjennnbubba 7 years
these are super yum :cocktail:
sarabel sarabel 7 years
i didn't know you could improve on the greyhound - until now. thank you!
wackdoodle wackdoodle 7 years
That drink is breakfast for some med students I know.
SillyBunnyLovin SillyBunnyLovin 7 years
ahhh, a friend ordered me a vodka w grapefruit years ago, and i never knew it had a name! It's one of my top 3 fav's when i actually drink cocktails.
superfoxml superfoxml 7 years
Hey, I say that anything with vodka is delicious. Just be careful ladies because grapefruit WILL interfere with certain meds like birth control. Consult your doc.
aimeeb aimeeb 7 years
emalove emalove 7 years
Yummy...this sounds like something I'd love.
Spectra Spectra 7 years
My mom used to bartend and she says this is one of her all-time favorite drinks. She likes really sour drinks, so it doesn't surprise me. I find these a tad too sour for my taste though.
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